Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Kansas State Birthday - top 150 books

Below is the news release and the list of 150 books that the State Library has compiled for the state's birthday.  My Librarian sent it to me and suggested I post it here.  There is a link you can go to in order to see the booklist in the news release.


State Library Releases List of 150 “Best” Kansas Books

    Topeka: It appears that over the years, authors have been prolific in writing about Kansas or using Kansas as a setting for their books. Nearly 300 titles were submitted as potential candidates for the Sesquicentennial-celebrating list compiled by the State Library of Kansas.

As a lead up to Kansas’ 150th Birthday, the State Library solicited recommended books throughout most of 2010. The grassroots project encouraged book title suggestions from anyone—individuals, authors, booksellers, and publishers. Criteria for nominations was simple: a significant aspect of the book must relate to Kansas, its culture, its heritage or be historical in nature; and the book must have a recognizable Kansas author. The book may be fiction or non-fiction, any genre, and suitable for readers of all ages.

“This was an interesting project for us, and unlike anything we’ve done in the past,” said Joanne Budler, State Librarian. “Nearly 300 book titles were submitted—some more than once. We spent a great deal of time checking to assure titles and authors were correct, as well as making certain the book met the criteria for our list.” 

“We also confirmed all titles were in print and available through Kansas libraries, so readers may have their local library request a book through interlibrary loan if necessary,” Budler explained. “Kansas libraries have been sharing resources for years; this is one more opportunity to employ this service. In addition, the Kansas Courier service moves books quickly and economically between libraries.”

“To read more Kansas history on a specific topic, check with your school, college or public library," added Budler. “Literally hundreds of books about Kansas and Kansans have been published, with scores more titles published each year.”

The list in alphabetical order by title accompanies this press release. The complete list is available at: and 

Although the Library’s services have changed and adapted over the years, it is the library’s mission to serve the citizens of Kansas. In early statehood years, the Library offered traveling library materials to reach rural Kansans. Later, as a ready resource to the executive and legislative branches of state government, the State Library has served as depository of legal and historical documents. Today, with new technology and access to expansive databases, the State Library of Kansas offers more information than ever to the citizens of Kansas. Visit our website,

Sent by: Janie Rutherford, Communications Coordinator, State Library of Kansas

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